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South Coast university gets federal grant to help underserved students get into graduate school

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The funding going to California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is part of a nationwide effort to help high achieving undergraduates from low-income families.

Cal Lutheran to receive $1.3 million over five years for doctoral degree program.

A South Coast university has received a million-dollar-plus grant to help underrepresented students earn doctoral degrees.

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is getting a $1.3 million, five-year grand for the program. The funding is part of a nationwide effort to help high achieving undergraduates from low-income families.

The program was created by Congress, and is named after Robert McNair, a scientist who was one of the first black astronauts. He died in the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster.

25 Cal Lutheran undergraduates are selected for McNair program annually.

Cal Lutheran is the parent of KCLU Radio.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.